Championship-bound Bolton Wanderers have suffered a significant blow in their pursuit of Swindon Town defender Raphael Rossi, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo (via Sport Witness).
The 26-year-old moved to the County Ground back in 2013 following short spells at Brighton & Hove Albion and Whitehawk, and has since gone on to play 130 times for the Robins, scoring seven goals.
And 39 of those appearances came last term as the Wiltshire-based outfit suffered relegation to League Two, with Rossi earning 34 league appearances but was unable to save Luke Williams’ side from the drop.
And with his contract set to expire at the end of the month, speculation has been building about his future at the club, with Phil Parkinson’s Bolton reportedly interested in a move for the Brazilian defender this summer.
However, they look set to be knocked back in their quest, as recent reports suggest that Primeira Liga side Boavista are on the verge of sealing a deal for Rossi.
They finished ninth last season in the Portuguese top-flight and just seven points adrift of the European spots, and the likely addition of Rossi looks set to help them in their quest to bridge that gap on the top sides in the country.
Nonetheless, that will be a significant blow to Parkinson and his Bolton side, who are clearly on the lookout for reinforcements ahead of their return to the Championship next season.
And although Rossi has never played at that level before, his efforts at Swindon didn’t go unnoticed, and he may well have been seen by the Bolton management as a defender who could effortlessly make the step up to Championship level, such is his ability.
However, he looks to be on his way to Boavista instead of the North West.
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